Daniel Thomas Valente, a loving Father, World War II Veteran and a lifelong Hoboken resident, passed
away on Monday, April 4, 2022 at the age of 99. After several months of declining health, Daniel died
peacefully with his beloved children by his side at Hoboken University Medical Center. Just like he dealt with all experiences in his life, he fought his illness with strength and grace.
Daniel was born in Hoboken, NJ on August 11, 1922 to Lazzaro Valente and Filomena Canonico. He
attended AJ Demarest High School in Hoboken, New Jersey and held numerous jobs before being
drafted into the United States Army at the age of 22. He held the rank of a Tech 5 (Corporal) in the 294th Engineer Combat Battalion. The United States Army recognized Daniel for his honorable service with a purple heart for injuries he sustained during the Normandy Invasion. Daniel was a deeply spiritual man, who rarely spoke about his time with the 294th Engineer Combat Battalion, but was a veteran who was very proud of the contribution that he made in service to his country.
Upon being honorably discharged in 1945, Daniel returned to Hoboken, NJ and met the love of his life, Mary Ciriello. They married in 1946 and had four children. They had a loving and special relationship that spanned the course of 66 years. In good times and bad, their marriage endured the test of time and was a true testament of the love that they had for each other. He was a loving husband to his wife, and an amazing Father to his children who was always there to support them through their ups and downs and taught them to enjoy every moment that life has to offer.
Daniel was employed as a Supervisor for Keuffel and Esser Co. and was a Tool Clerk for the City of
Hoboken, retiring with 22 years of service to the city that he loved. Daniel enjoyed reading books, doing word search puzzles, and was a die hard NY Giants Football Fan. He never missed a game, and his one wish every year was to see his team reach the Super Bowl. He was a founding member of The First Ward Block Association in 1976, and was dedicated to improving the neighborhood and the Hoboken Community that he loved. He would look forward to their annual Block Party and Winter Party, which he helped to organize and was a fun way for neighbors to get to know one another. He was a man of strong faith and conviction and was a longtime parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul RC Church. He was often seen helping his wife Mary at bake sales that were sponsored by the Holy Rosary Society.
Daniel leaves behind to mourn his passing his three children, Lawrence and his wife Veronica, Anna and her husband Javier Torrens, and MaryAnn Valente. His four grandchildren, Christopher Valente, Lauryn Miller, Quinn Torrens and Michael Torrens, his sister Elizabeth LaBook, and many nieces and nephews. His family finds solace in knowing that he is once again reunited with his beloved wife Mary in heaven. The family would also like to acknowledge John DeMauro, Jacqulyn Holness, Dr. Joseph Kozel, Dr. Cataldo Cacace, Thomas Molta and The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the entire staff of TCU at Hoboken University Medical Center, for the wonderful care and compassion that he was shown in his final days. Daniel was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary, his son Patrick, his parents Lazzaro and Filomena, his sisters Nancy Grossi, and Anna Tillman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Saints Peter and Paul RC Church, 404 Hudson Street on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 9:30 am. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11, 2022 at Failla-McKnight Memorial Home 533 Willow Avenue from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Valet parking off 6th Street.
“You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide, and though we cannot see you, you’re always by our side”.